Artists looking to make their work bloom, will want to enter Les Annees Folles, the juried commemorative art competition sponsored by the Accidental Gallery in partnership with Thomasville Main Street & Tourism in celebration with Thomasville’s 95th year of the Rose Show & Festival.
Thomasville was recently designated by the Georgia Legislature as “Georgia’s Rose City”, and to observe this historic event, is calling on local artists to help capture the essence and excitement the Rose Show & Festival has brought to Thomasville since 1922.
The competition is open to artists of any age, with submitted work being any 2-dimensional, framed and wired piece that captures the spirit of 95 years of roses and/or the Rose Show & Festival. All work is to be original, no prints or giclees. The exhibition of commemorative pieces will be on display at the Thomasville Visitors Center from April 2- May 2.
The theme, Les Annees Folles, is a French term defining the 1920s, meaning the crazy years. Here in the states, this era was known as The Roaring Twenties, a time for extravagance, austerity, and lightheartedness. “It seemed the perfect theme to inspire artistic expression”, explains Sandi Shaw owner of the Accidental Gallery. “Artists look for sparks to ignite their imagination, and the 1920’s certainly offers that. I think we will get some very interesting work”
Prizes will be award for first, second, and third place. First place will receive $200 of Downtown Dollars and the opportunity for their artwork to be used as a marketing piece for the Rose Show & Festival. Second place will receive $100 in Downtown Dollars and third place receives $50 in Downtown Dollars. All artists who submit work and are chosen to be part of the exhibition will have the opportunity to exhibit free of charge in Art in the Park, one of the Rose Show & Festival’s Saturday activities at Paradise Park.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Accidental Gallery to give these artists space to show their work, and to give us the chance to celebrate these 95 years that the Rose Show has been a part of Thomasville’s rich history,” says Karen Smith, Executive Director of Main Street and Tourism.
The deadline for submitting work is March 22, 2016 by mailing or emailing a photo of the work. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces, with a non-refundable fee of $30 per entry. Art must be ready to hang and a simple black frame is preferred.
The public is invited to attend the Artist Reception, to be held April 1st, in downtown at The Big Oak Rug Gallery, located at 102 W. Jackson Street. This is in partnership with Downtown’s First Friday event. The reception will begin at 5:30 pm with music, light fare and libations served, and prized awarded that night. “April Fools’ Day is a good time for a party, and we are asking everyone to come strut your stuff. Men put on a 20’s straw hat and gals wrap on your feather boas for this light-hearted artists party,” says Shaw.
The Les Annees Folles exhibition will be open to the public beginning on April 2, from 8 am–5pm Monday through Friday, and 10am-3pm on Saturday, in the reception room of the Thomasville Visitors Center, located in the Municipal Building, 144 E. Jackson Street. Work will be for sale.
More information about the submission process and the exhibition can be found on the Thomasville Visitors Center’s website at www.thomasvillega.com